During pregame ceremonies of the 2011 Oldtime Baseball Game, the second annual Greg Montalbano Award was presented to former Boston College pitcher Steve Langone, who is now advance scouting coordinator for the Boston Red Sox.
The award is named in memory of Greg Montalbano, a former Red Sox minor-league pitcher who was only 31 when he died of cancer in 2009. A native of Westborough and later a standout at Northeastern University, Montalbano was a participant in the Oldtime Baseball Game in 1997 and ’98. Drafted by the Red Sox in the fifth round of the 1999 amateur draft, Montalbano played six seasons of professional baseball before illness ended his career. In 2001, he was named Minor League Pitcher of the Year by the Red Sox.
The award, instituted in 2010, is presented to a former participant in the Oldtime Baseball Game who best exemplifies Greg’s spirit, competiveness and good nature.
Langone, a native of Reading, played in the Oldtime Baseball from 1995 to 1999. Following a stellar career at Boston College, Langone pitched for six seasons in the Dodgers, Red Sox and Phillies organizations before taking a job in baseball operations for the Red Sox.
As has become custom in the Oldtime Baseball Game, Langone came out of retirement to play in the 2011 game. The award’s inaugural recipient, former Northeastern University outfielder Todd Korchin, began the tradition by playing in last year’s game. Korchin, who played in the Oldtime Baseball Game from 1997 to 2001, represented the Montalbano family in presenting this year’s award to Langone.